Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4-14

I think so, but let's talk about their playoff chances before we make any bold predictions for the future. Before one game this season against the Spurs, Brown declared Embiid "very doubtful" at his pre-game press conference, the Sixers followed up by declaring him out. But unless something remarkable happens. Not many people could have predicted Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the rest of the team making a splash in the standings.

The Miami Heat (44-38) are coming from a 116-109 OT win over the Toronto Raptors to capture the No. 6 seeed.

"He will not play in Game 1, and from that point forward, we'll figure some stuff out", Brown told Patrick. Nor are they anxious that all-star center Joel Embiid will miss his ninth consecutive game since fracturing the orbital bone near his left eye and suffering a concussion March 28 against the New York Knicks. "They have played repetitively late in seasons and in big games and have won championships". The Sixers will have a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat.

Joel Embiid grabbed a loose ball and hustled toward midcourt, feigning like he would dunk.

On the season, the Heat are averaging 103.4 points, 43.5 rebounds and 22.7 assists per game.

"If guys want to come here, they come", rookie Kyle Kuzma said Thursday after his exit interview with team brass.

That adjustment was made after Simmons scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first game of the season series on February 2, with 11 of those shot attempts coming within five feet of the basket. Instead, Fultz got a taste of regular National Basketball Association play through the final ten games of the Sixers season and will head into the slower pace of the postseason already on relatively fresh legs.

76ers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game. Also, being without him would force the 76ers to rely on backup Amir Johnson's ability to guard Hassan Whiteside, the Heat's grinding 7 footer that averages a double-double, in the paint. Embiid explained that he can see better with the black mask because there is glare when he uses a clear one. When he's engaged, Embiid is simply the best defensive center in the league.

"For them to show support all year, giving us that extra motivation and extra energy on the floor, it's like another player out there".

  • Leroy Wright